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- September 2004 -

The Indie Bible: Independent Music Promotion
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Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Sites Where You Can Get Your Music Reviewed
3. Radio Shows that will Play Your Music
4. Online Services that will Help to Sell Your Music
5. Sites Where You Can Upload Your Band's MP3s or Videos
6. Helpful Music Resources
7. ""Internet Radio: The Affordable Alternative" by Nathan Fisher, live365.com
8. "Inside the Head of a Music Reviewer" - PART III by Suzanne Glass, Indie-Music.com














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This month's winner of the Sennheiser E835 microphone (visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com )
- Tom Connelly, Oakland, CA

This month's winner of a pair of Sennheiser HD280Pro headphones (visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com )
- Chris Miller, Clayton, GA

This month's winners of the A&R Directory (for more information visit http://www.musicregistry.com ) are:
- Marco Bonte, Hoensbroek, The Netherlands
- Aaron LaFalce, Asheville, NC
- Jane, Essex, England

This month's winner of the Publisher's Directory (for more information visit http://www.musicregistry.com ) is:
- Jordan Munoz, San Pedro, CA

This month's winners of the Musician's ToolKit CD (for more information visit https://www.bookingagentsdirectory.com ) are:
- Patrick Pfeiffer, New York, NY
- Terri Leman, Ninilchik, AK

This month's winner of the musicSUBMIT music promotion and publicity service (for more information visit http://www.musicsubmit.com ) is:
- Steve Jelliman, Toronto, ON

This month's winner of "How To Successfully Promote Your Music on the Internet" e-book by David Nevue (for more information on this book, visit http://www.promoteyourmusic.com ) is:
- Pete Bradley, Isle of Wight, UK

This month's winner of "The Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook" e-book by Bob Baker (for more info visit http://www.thebuzzfactor.com) is:
- Hal Camplin, Bristol, UK

This month's winner of the CD Trophy Clock (for more information visit http://www.cdstands.com/index.shtml?icn ) is:
- Denis Gauthier, Ajax ON

The winner of the Sumadek (for more information visit http://www.sumadek.com/indiebible.html ) is:
- Leandra Hill, Los Angeles, CA

The winner of a shirt/jersey from Enjoy Music (for more information visit http://www.enjoymusic.com ) is:
- Chase Gregory, Gibsonia, PA

The winner of a free entry into The Rock Solid Pressure Radio Show competition (for more info visit http://RockSolidPressure.com ) is:
- Randy Sanville, Craftsbury, VT

This month's winner of "The Ultimate Survival Guide to the New Music Industry: Handbook for Hell" by Indie 911 is:
- Jarome Matthew, Vancouver BC

This month's winner of the 1-2-3 Music Store (for more information visit http://easybe.com ) is:
- FM Smith, Park Ridge, IL

This month's winner of the an Artist Press Kit (ArtistPK) (for more information visit http://TOURdatabase.com ) is:
- David van Rensburg, Cape Town, South Africa

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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the September Indie Contact Newsletter.

This month's first article is by Nathan Fisher of live365.com. Nathan gives an overview of the current status of Internet Radio, its value, and how it is growing in leaps and bounds.

Article two is Part III of an article by Suzanne Glass and the staff of Indie-Music.com. In this last installment of her article, Suzanne lists the 10 keys to consider when sending in your music for review. This is invaluable advice for anyone sending their CDs to various publications with the hope of getting a review.

As is the case every month, there is a large group of new contacts listed that can help you to gain more exposure for your music. So dig in, and enjoy the September issue of The Indie Contact Newsletter!

David Wimble
Editor
The Indie Contact Newsletter
newsletter@indiebible.com

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Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in August.
The contacts listed are sorted into FIVE sections.

1. Publications that will review your music
2. Radio stations/shows that will play your music
3. Services that will help you to sell your music
4. Sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos
5. Helpful resources and promotional sites for recording artists

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THE INDIE BIBLE is the All-In-One resource for Recording Artists. It lists 4000 publications that will review your music and 3200 radio stations that will play your songs. Over 10,000 contacts in all. ALL genres of music are covered!

It was only yesterday that I purchased the Indie Bible, yet it’s already proved most useful. Congratulations on a fine publication, and heartfelt thanks from a struggling up-and-comer! - Kevin Bracken, Recording Artist

Get your copy today at http://www.indiebible2004.com or visit your local Guitar Center, Sam Ash, Borders or Barnes & Noble (in Canada at Long & McQuade).
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2. SITES/PUBLICATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED

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cdreviews.com
2622 U St. Sacramento, CA, 95818
PH: 877-576-0706
Eddie Meehan eddie@cdreviews.com
http://www.cdreviews.com
Are you in a band? Do you have a CD out? If so, let us know.

Pipedreams Newsletter
3604 Calumet Street, Philadelphia PA 19129
Jim Calder jccalder2000@yahoo.com
New print newsletter doing music reviews of all types of music.
Distributed in Philadelphia. Send CDs for review.

Beyond The Grave Music
766 St. Michaels Cir. Pleasanton CA 94566
Jeremiah Chogull@yahoo.com
http://www.beyondthegravemusic.com
Honest reviews for all genres.

Spunout Central
4174 N. Newhall St, Shorewood, WI 53211
PH: 414-962-8269 FX: 414-393-6860
Adam Mico admin@spunoutcentral.com
http://www.spunoutcentral.com
If your act is full-on brilliant, intriguing and / or God awful, send your CD (at least five tracks) for feature consideration to a fully exposed, popular music review site.

Russell's Reviews
Russell Barker russ@russellsreviews.co.uk
http://www.russellsreviews.co.uk
CD, demo and gig reviews from reviewer based in Oxford, UK.

The Soundclash Music Webzine
3900 Oxford St. Napa, CA 94558
PH: 818-251-0846
Matt Armstrong shutterbox@gmail.com
http://www.soundclashmusic.tk
A website focusing on reviews and interviews of small label and unsigned bands.

NewBeats
David newbeats@newbeats.com
http://www.newbeats.com
A music magazine that covers all types of music...the more eclectic the better.

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3. RADIO SHOWS THAT WILL PLAY YOUR MUSIC

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WCFS
3540 Holland Rd. Ste. 113 PMB 103, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
PH: 757-651-5063 FX: 757-468-6988
WCF indiebible@wcfsradio.us
http://www.wcfsradio.us
A streaming internet broadcast providing all original, non- stop, commercial free, broadcasting of local bands to Hampton Roads (and beyond).

Radio Crystal Blue
3655 Shore Pkwy. #1F, Brooklyn, NY 11235
PH: 718-646-0158
Dan Herman cblue456@optonline.net
http://www.radiocrystalblue.com
On the Internet since 2000, this Internet-only program is heard each Sunday 7pm till 1am ET, featuring an outstanding mix of talent (Folk, Songwriters, Rock, more) plus old classics and spotlight on new music. Interviews, charts and much more are also on the website. Archived programs and playlists at cblue.lunarpages.com

Local Noize Radio
PH: 217-428-5093
Dennis DuBay d.dubay@insightbb.com
http://www.lnradio.net
Showcasing unsigned/indie rockers from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Danko Radio
240 Clayton St. E., Listowel, ON N4W 2G1
Paul Cardiff citizenk@danko-radio.com
http://danko-radio.com
Home of the best underground Punk, Metal, Rock and whatever else we feel like playing.

The RoadRash Bash
RoadRash roadrash@newartistradio.net
http://www.newartistradio.net/The%20Roadrash%20Bash.htm
Your host Roadrash takes you on a cold, hard ride with some of the best the indie scene has to offer ... spotlighting all forms of Rock and Metal from around the world. Hear the bands the way they were meant to be heard ... complete with commentary, news and interviews. The Roadrash Bash brings the heaviest music to you loud and uncensored!

New Artist Radio
Theda Messic tmc@newartistradio.net
http://www.newartistradio.net
A FREE service offered to bands & new artists that would like to get their music heard worldwide on a Top 40 show & 8 other radio shows. Sign Up Today!!

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4. ONLINE SERVICES/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC

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Creativity In Music
PO Box 3481, Bridgeport, CT 06605
Gi Dussault npsfunk@optonline.net
http://www.creativityinmusic.com
Founded to assist the independent musician and singer in spreading the word about their music. Radio Promotion on all genres and locations, concert promotion, submission of press releases to local, national and international media plus business advice/consultation.

Clear Da Corner Entertainment
Robin cdce225@yahoo.com
http://cdce.topcities.com
We are currently reaching out across the entire Orlando, Florida area to embrace our talented youth, remove them from the street corners, and help them to take that next step into the spotlight where they belong.

West Coast Rockers
Leigh Davis leigh@westcoastrockers.com
http://www.westcoastrockers.com
We help "indie" artists by posting links, pictures, reviews, interviews, news etc. & finding and promoting gigs. Come join our family!

JPM Records
1126 Floyd Road, Columbus, GA 31907
PH: 706-562-1702
Melonie teea@sowega.net
http://jpmrecords.topcities.com
An independent record label and recording facility specializing in the sounds of the dirty south.

Range Records
2730 E. County Line Rd. Ardmore, PA 19003
PH: 610-649-7100 FX: 610-649-7566
Joe Mattis Joem@rangeentertainment.com
http://www.rangeentertainment.com
Our expertise lies in artist development, recording, booking, management and promotion.

Rosewater Agency
111 Edgevalley Green NW, Calgary, AB T3A 4Y9
PH: 403-547-0860
Gareth Lukes gareth@rosewateragency.com
http://www.rosewateragency.com
We provide booking/management services to artists touring in North America.

Elevator Music
PO Box 628, Bronxville, NY 10708
PH: 914-509-5870
Viriato fernando@rcn.com
http://www.elevatormusic.com
Underground fire to light your way.

Qopel Records
PO Box 97, New York, NY 10156
PH: 631-827-3000 FX: 419-831-3032
Andrew Herzman andy@qopelrecords.com
http://www.qopelrecords.com
We cover 3 areas: Production, Distribution and Promotion. We don't book gigs, write music or do managing.

Crooked Tooth Records
Casey Tolliver ctolliver@crookedtoothindustries.com
http://www.crookedtoothindustries.com
We fulfill all the needs of the unsigned bands.

SEVEN02 GROUP
1516 E. Tropicana Ave. #295, Las Vegas, NV 89119
PH: 866-738-3602 FX: 270-596-7511
Robert Walton rwalton@seven02group.com
http://www.seven02group.com
We are an artist management & image consultant company.

Indie Music Forum
Kollafjordur, Faroe Islands
PH: 298-506565
Rói Højgaard admin@indiemusicforum.com
http://www.indiemusicforum.com
Band promotion, resource links and musician's forum.

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Such a popular online store, you HAVE to make sure your CD is there.
They pay $20,000 a week to musicians like you (over $1 million so far!)
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO START SELLING is go to http://www.cdbaby.net
Takes 5 minutes. Send them a box of CDs. They'll sell them and pay you.
Real cool people. Total first-class treatment. Great CD distribution.
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DAD (Digital Audio Distribution)
http://www.discmakers.com/dad
Launched by DISC MAKERS the DAD service gives independent bands and artists the opportunity to sell their songs online on sites like Apple's iTunes Music Store, Listen.com's Rhapsody, AOL's MusicNet, Emusic, a nd newcomer BuyMusic.com. The DAD service is FREE with all new CD orders with DISC MAKERS. The service is also available to artists who do not make their CDs with DISC MAKERS for only $75.
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5. SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s OR VIDEOS

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TrakHeadz.Com
PO Box 1304, Teaneck, NJ 07666-1304
PH: 888-632-5602 FX: 888-632-5602
customerservice@trakheadz.Com
http://trakheadz.com
Promotion and distribution system that allows independent record labels and recording artists to get their songs into the hands of professional club and radio DJs all over the world! TrakHeadz.Com is the first website to provide an effective way for recording artists to promote their music offline.

Media Kinesis
Media Kinesis postmaster@mediakinesis.com
http://mediakinesis.com
Free 50mb of space for your MP3's. You can even sell your music privately, create a radio station, post images, video, history, messages. Musicians of all genres are encouraged to join and provide an additional outlet for your material.

Reptor Productions
16 Llys Glyndwr, Towyn, Abergele, Conwy, LL22 9PA UK
PH: 44-0-1745-343-777
Lynn Jones tinatanktop@reptorproductions.co.uk
http://www.reptorproductions.co.uk
Promoting unsigned acts/bands in the digital domain using streaming audio radio shows and a promotional 'chartshow' going from strength to strength.

BANDTIME.COM
Michael Zinn michael@bandtime.com
http://www.bandtime.com
Artists and bands can post their photo and mp3 tracks. Users can listen, rate and download tracks. Bands can sell their tracks and fans can add themselves to a band's fanbase.

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The Indie Bible is one of the most popular resources for Independent Recording Artists in the world. As an affiliate, you will receive $10 US for each sale of the Indie Bible generated through your site!

Visit http://www.indiebible2004.com/whole.shtml for details.
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6. HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR YOUR BAND

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BandAttack
fan basealfi Drive, Clay, NY 13041
PH: 315-727-9918
Tom Rock@Bandattack.com
http://www.bandattack.com
Features hundreds of the best resources available to independent bands and artists from all over the web. Industry news, contests, featured bands, massive directory, articles and more!

Stage Right Talent
2141 Pamela St. Oxnard, CA 93036
PH: 805-604-0030 FX: 805-485-5109
Carlton Batts stagerightalent@yahoo.com
http://www.freewebs.com/stageright
A music consultant firm and referral service.

Absolute Indie TV
PO Box 97, New York, NY 10156
PH: 631-827-3000 FX: 419-831-3032
Andrew Herzman andy@qopelrecords.com
http://www.absoluteindie.com
A TV show that plays Independent music videos from all over the world.

Quanta Webdesign
PO Box 972, Mukilteo, WA 98275
PH: 877-570-6448 FX: 877-570-6448
Denise Enck se@quantawebdesign.com
http://www.quantawebdesign.com
Hip, affordable webdesign, hosting, graphic design and promotion for musicians.

Sweden Songs
PO Box 15210, SE-10465 Stockholm, Sweden
PH: +4686485762
Keith Almgren info@swedensongs.se
http://www.swedensongs.se
Music publishing service.

WCFStudios
3540 Holland Rd. Ste. 113 PMB 103, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
PH: 757-651-5063 FX: 757-468-6988
WCF indiebible@wcfstudios.us
local-scene.wcfstudios.com
Supports the Hampton Roads and beyond music scene: recording studio, promotions, event listings, web design, promo packs and more!

Indie Culture
1217 Leyson St., Talamban, Cebu City, Philippines
PH: 6332-4160333 FX: 6332-4160409
Ian Zafra ian@indiecultureonline.com
http://www.indiecultureonline.com
Support and nurtures indie musicians, as they are the authors of music that is timeless and transcends pop trends and cultures.

Rock in Action Free Music Forum
rockinaction@kristallradio.it
http://www.kristallradio.it
Please visit and sign up to join and submit a post! Post CD reviews, articles, news, information about your band, music organization, music association, fans club, pub concert, live tour etc.

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The Indie Link Exchange is a list of music sites that wish to exchange links with other music related sites. With over 1200

It's a simple one-to-one exchange of text links or banners.
ALL styles of music sites are welcome!
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SONICBIDS is an online service that connects musicians and music promoters. Instead of mailing out traditional, bulky press kits, Sonicbids' members email Sonicbids Electronic Press Kits (EPKs). Soncbids EPKs - which contain the MP3 files, pictures, press reviews and contact information - can be easily emailed to anyone, anywhere! In addition, members can directly submit their EPKs to some of the world's biggest festivals, clubs, and conferences for free. Members are also eligible for exclusive Sonicbids spots at some of the hottest conferences around the world. Promote your band in a powerful new way, for only $49.95 a year.

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7. INTERNET RADIO: THE AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE by Nathan Fisher, live365.com
© 2004 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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Many people don't yet think that Internet radio is or could be a viable medium. This is simply not borne out by facts. Internet radio already has millions of listeners per month and is growing stronger by the day. Independent artists who recognize this opportunity have a decided advantage over those who would wait for years to make it on corporate FM radio, often unsuccessfully.

What is Internet Radio?
In appearance and feel, Internet radio is similar to regular radio. Instead of turning a dial, you enter a URL. Anyone with a broadband Internet connection can hear CD-quality audio, better sound quality, in fact, than with traditional FM radio. Even dial-up users can get sound quality roughly analogous to AM radio. Another key difference is that under federal law, Internet radio stations are responsible for paying per-performance royalties for each track they play that they do not own the rights to. Regular radio stations are not responsible for per- performance royalties.

Internet radio operates on a different, radically decentralized model: individual DJs decide what music they like and what music to play. And music fans listen; they even pay a premium to listen to ad-free content.

Traditional Radio is Limited
Traditional radio suffers from play list homogeneity and an astonishing unwillingness to take risks on new artists. FCC regulations, licensing fees and scarce spectrum bandwidth make it virtually impossible for independent stations to exist unless they are run by colleges or are pirated. This is compounded by the deregulation of radio station ownership following the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, which made it easier than ever for big industry players like Clear Channel and Infinity to own a nationwide empire that can offer a limited range of programming formats. Indeed, in 1996 Clear Channel was a small media company that owned thirty stations. With the benefits of deregulation, Clear Channel now owns over 1,200 stations. Together, Clear Channel and Infinity control forty-five percent of the American radio audience.

What the Future Holds
Though Internet radio currently gets fewer listener-hours than traditional radio, the number is steadily increasing and has the potential to experience exponential growth in the next few years as broadband connections become increasingly available in portable devices and automobiles. Plus, it's a good bet that the average Internet radio listener is more of a music fan than the average traditional radio listener.

Moreover, Internet radio makes it simple to track listening behavior, accurately gauge total listener-hours and gather demographic data on listeners. You can easily use Live365's Web site to see which stations are playing your music and how many listening-hours they have had over the past month. This is completely unlike traditional radio, whose ratings system is stuck in the proverbial dark ages.

The Live 365 Lowdown
Live365 makes it easy for independent artists to get their tracks into broadcasters' hands and listeners' ears. The ever-expanding library http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/library.cgi is a virtual record pool, (a secure service that lets all Live365 DJs preview and add your tracks directly into their stations' playlists.) You can also allow broadcasters and listeners to download your entire track, if you prefer. Live365 is licensed and pays royalties to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.

Each week, Live365 reports its DJs' playlists to Radio and Records, College Music Journal, Billboard Online, New Age Reporter, and other web properties. With the help of Radiowave.com, Live365 also compiles and reports a run-of-site weekly airplay chart. As the largest Internet radio network, with thousands of active broadcasters and over 2 million unique listeners a month, Live365 provides independent artists with an unprecedented opportunity for large-scale radio exposure. You can also submit your album or track to Live365's editorial department for consideration to be listed, free of charge (www.live365.com/labelservices.)

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Nathan Fisher is the Editor and Music Library Coordinator for Live365. He grew up in idyllic South Minneapolis, where he learned to implicitly mistrust the status quo. After graduating from Pomona College with a degree in Politics, he relocated to Oakland, CA, where he lives a vaguely bohemian lifestyle with several other roommates in their early twenties. For more information about what Live365 has to offer please visit them @ www.live365.com.
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Indie-Music.com - Where Serious Musicians Surf

One of the original musician resource websites, Indie-Music.com offers thousands of contacts - venues, studios, media, radio, labels, and more. Plus, an extensive archive of how-to's for the music business, and up-to-date commentary on the industry. The Indie News newsletter provides a free tip sheet with listings for radio airplay, record label submissions, gig opportunities, and more.
https://www.bookingagentsdirectory.com
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WE HAVE THE A&R CONTACTS YOU NEED!

The A&R Registry, Publisher Registry, Music Attorney, Legal & Business Affairs Registry and the Film & Television Music Guide are the four directories no Professional or Musician should be without if you are serious about your career. Each directory covers the US, Canada and UK markets and comes complete with direct dial phone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, assistant names and company websites.

For more information, sample listings or to place an order, go to our website at http://www.musicregistry.com or call us at 800-377-7411 or 818-995-7458.
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7. INSIDE THE HEAD OF A MUSIC REVIEWER - PART III by Suzanne Glass, Indie-Music.com
© 2004 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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Review Check List:
1. Communicate professionally - Use standard grammar and punctuation, proofread, and use a spell checker. You don't have to write a business letter like you learned in 8th Grade Grammar class, the letter could be creative, but make sure it is identifiable as a business communication and not junk mail. Make sure to directly state you are looking for a review. Don't send mass mailings, it's obvious to the recipient. On the phone, leave useful messages designed to make it easy to call you back (spell your name, and repeat your phone number twice to make copying easy for the listener).

2. Follow submission guidelines - Guidelines exist for a reason, which is to help an organization handle a large flow of music submissions in an efficient manner. Each publication does it differently, but if you choose not to follow the guidelines, expect your submission to be late, lost, or worse.

3. Send a cohesive promo pack - Writers have differing preferences on what they like to receive as part of a promo pack. Most writers, though, like to read a band biography and a few press clips (it helps in writing a review to know more about an artist), and many also like to see a band photo. If you are unsure what a writer requires, err on the side of sending too MUCH rather than not enough. If you choose not to include photos and graphics, make sure they are easily available on your website, in case the reviewer plans to publish your review with pictures.

4. Give contact information - When your review goes up, nothing would be dumber than to make your CD hard to find. Many artists, though, forget to include full contact information including mailing address, phone, email, and website URL.

5. Identify your genre - When people read reviews, they want to know, upfront, whether it's their "style" or not. So even if you simply say "a cross of rock, folk, and punk", that is much better than saying "we cannot be categorized". Better to categorize yourself than let a writer do it for you. Many writers are not musicians, and do not know precisely how to describe your genre just by listening. Help them.

6. Write a meaningful bio - Drop the lines that say you are "incredible", "changing the face of music", or "talented beyond belief etc.

7. Make the writer's job easy - Since writers are, at the basic level, just people doing their job, it only makes sense that if you can make their job easier, they will like you and try to return the favor. That's just human nature. Include everything the writer needs, be sensitive to their schedule, and provide graphics or answers to any questions promptly.

8. Follow up courteously - Writers vary greatly in how they respond to follow-ups. Some people will respond promptly, keeping you up to date at each step of the process. Other writers ignore follow- ups completely. Your best bet is learning each writer personally. As a general rule, follow up about 2-4 weeks after your submission should have arrived with a short note. If you hear nothing, try again in another two weeks. If you again hear nothing, try waiting a month. Don't threaten or chastise the writers, just ask if a decision has been made about your review yet.

9. Don't argue with the reviewer - You can't win. If you don't like the review, you can pass on that reviewer with your next CD. Or you can submit again and see if their opinion has changed. Either way picking a fight about something the reviewer wrote is a waste of your time. If there is a factual error, fine, ask the writer to correct it. But don't argue, "Our choruses are NOT boring! They are complex and emotive". Since the characterization of your choruses as "boring" is only the reviewer's opinion, you are not going to change it. You might, however, piss off the writer for life.

10. Keep the connection - You need to cultivate your relationships with writers. Check in with them periodically between CDs, read their other work, let them know if you have news, and send thank-you notes - even if you did not get reviewed. Your goal is to build a relationship. You never know when that relationship may help you out - but you can be sure it will work in your favor if you present yourself as nice, interested, and understanding.
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